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Research Papers: Gas Turbines: Turbomachinery

Potential of Retrofit Passive Flow Control for Small Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines

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D. Holst

Chair of Fluid Dynamics,
Hermann-Föttinger-Institut,
Technische Universität Berlin,
Müller-Breslau-Straße 8,
Berlin 10623, Germany
e-mail: David.Holst@TU-Berlin.de

G. Pechlivanoglou, F. Wegner, C. N. Nayeri, C. O. Paschereit

Chair of Fluid Dynamics,
Hermann-Föttinger-Institut,
Technische Universität Berlin,
Müller-Breslau-Straße 8,
Berlin 10623, Germany

1Corresponding author.

Contributed by the Turbomachinery Committee of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING FOR GAS TURBINES AND POWER. Manuscript received July 1, 2016; final manuscript received July 29, 2016; published online October 11, 2016. Editor: David Wisler.

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 139(3), 032604 (Oct 11, 2016) (8 pages) Paper No: GTP-16-1298; doi: 10.1115/1.4034543 History: Received July 01, 2016; Revised July 29, 2016

The present paper analyzes the effect of passive flow control (PFC) with respect to the retrofitting on small horizontal axis wind turbines (sHAWTs). We conducted extensive wind tunnel studies on a high performance low Reynolds airfoil using different PFC elements, i.e., vortex generators (VGs) and Gurney flaps (GF). qblade, an open source blade element momentum (BEM) code, is used to study the retrofitting potential of a simulated small wind turbine. The turbine design is presented and discussed. The simulations include the data and polars gained from the experiments and give further insight into the effects of PFC on sHAWTs. Therefore, several different blades were simulated using several variations of VG positions. This paper discusses their influence on the turbine performance. The authors especially focus on the startup performance as well as achieving increased power output at lower wind speeds. The vortex generators reduce the risk of laminar separation and enhance the lift in some configurations by more than 40% at low Reynolds numbers.

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Effect of Gurney flap on lift polar

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Measurement setup [19]

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FX 63-137: Lift polars of VG configurations. (a) Re = 50 k, (b) Re = 75 k, (c) Re = 140 k, and (d) Re = 200 k.

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Chord and twist distribution

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Blade of simulated sHAWT

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Local Reynolds number with increasing wind speed

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Simulation results using Re-based polars for entire blade: (a) power curve and (b) thrust curve

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Simulation results of different blades equipped with VGs. Simulation of the dirty blade is based on the data of Holst et al. [19]. (a) Power curve of blades fully equipped with VGs, (b) power curve of blade with VGs in root region, (c) thrust curve of blades fully equipped with VGs (d) thrust curve of blade with VGs in root region, (e) power coefficient over TSR of blades fully equipped with VGs, and (f) power coefficient over TSR of blade VGs in root region.

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FX 63-137: Drag polars of VG configurations: (a) Re = 140 k and (b) Re = 200 k

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Low-wind speed performance of VG-equipped blade

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FX 63-137: Lift polars of GF configurations. (a) Re = 50 k, (b) Re = 75 k, (c) Re = 140 k, and (d) Re = 200 k.

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FX 63-137: Baseline analysis. (a) Lift polars under different Reynolds numbers and (b) standard deviation of lift polars.

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Gurney flap dimensions

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